Giannis urges patience with new Bucks coach
Now that the majority of Milwaukee Bucks fans have gotten over the initial shock of Adrian Griffin’s sudden exit, the palpable excitement surrounding the arrival of new head coach Doc Rivers is beginning to take over.
Bucks talisman Giannis Antetokounmpo, however, was quick to pump the brakes a bit on the Doc hype train. The former back-to-back MVP knows that there are more questions than answers right now as the entire organization enters a new chapter.
Don’t get me wrong. Giannis is more than delighted to have Rivers on board. Antetokounmpo is confident that the 62-year-old is the right man for the job in terms of delivering another title to Milwaukee.
At the same time, however, Giannis is keeping his expectations in check — at least for now:
“I don’t assume, and I don’t expect that the moment he comes in, we will go 5-0 or we go 10-0 or whatever, like it’s going to take time,” Antetokounmpo told The Athletic.
“Are we going to change our offense? Is our offense going to stay the same? Are we going to change our terminology? Are we going to change our adjustments defensively? Are we going to change our practice plan? Like how is practice going to look? How is the shootaround going to look? All of those things.”
Simply put, Giannis doesn’t believe that Rivers is going to be Milwaukee’s savior right now. Antetokounmpo knows that his team has some real issues that need to be resolved before they can establish themselves as a legitimate threat to this year’s title.
There is no doubt, however, that a championship is still the ultimate objective for the Bucks this season. You could argue that the expectations are even higher now that they’ve brought in Doc Rivers mid-season.
Giannis knows that Rome wasn’t built in a day, but he remains confident that the Bucks will prevail once it is all said and done.